Household Hints and Tips

Bring order to your household with handy hints and timely tips to do everything faster and better.

Whether you need to clean house, cut clutter or get organized, these daily tips will help clean up life on the home front.

Paint Brushes Pack Cleaning Power

Inexpensive, stiff-bristled paint brushes--in a variety of widths--are a great addition to the cleaning tote. Use them to dust the tops of books, whisk dirt from baseboards and corners, clean dust from blinds, and remove crumbs from upholstery.

Subtle Scents for Small Spaces

To freshen small areas--such as closets, bathrooms or large cabinets--tuck a dryer softener sheet into a hidden location. Placed behind a toilet tank or atop a high shelf, it's a subtle--and frugal--air freshener.

Storage Tip: Hip To Be Square

Buying storage containers? Reach for square or rectangular shapes, rather than round ones. From food storage to laundry baskets, square shapes stack better and store more contents in the same footprint. It's hip to be square!

Speed Cleaning with Microfiber Magic

Microfiber cleaning cloths have specially-engineered fibers that grab dirt and pull it from surfaces in record time ... without scratching! Most surfaces in your home are microfiber-friendly, so replace cleaning rags or paper towels with a supply of washable microfiber cloths to speed cleaning and simplify your cleaning tote.

Time for a Pre-Holiday Camera Check

Ready, set, roll 'em! Christmas morning will soon be here, so take a moment to prepare to capture the memories. Haul out the cameras and videocams and make sure they're ready for the big day. Charge the batteries, check supplies of film or digital media, and be sure you have cables handy for uploading digital photos. Share the moment!